Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council shares in NSWALC Community Fund

Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council shares in NSWALC Community Fund

31 October 2016

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) today announced a Community Fund grants has been awarded to Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) in the North West region.

NSWALC Deputy Chair and Councillor North-West Region Cr Anne Dennis said the Community Fund provided grants of up to $50,000 for LALCs to purchase and mange land, protect culture and care for country.

"The Community Fund is generated through a levy on Local Aboriginal Land Council land dealings and matched with contributions by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

"Some of our Local Aboriginal Land Councils hold more valuable land holdings than those with less land and development opportunities. The Community Fund ensures eligible Local Aboriginal Land Councils can share in the wealth of those that enjoy a stronger economic base," Cr Dennis said.

Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council Chief Executive Officer Susan Leslie-Briggs said the Community Fund grant would go towards training community members in rock art conservation at Terry Hie Hie and for projects to care for country.

"Unfortunately, too many of our cultural sites are being damaged by graffiti, feral animals, vandalism, illegal dumping and soil erosion.

"So the NSW Aboriginal Land Council's Community Fund will give our community a chance to protect our land and increase our capacity to manage significant cultural sites," Ms Leslie-Briggs said.

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